Senator Payne is based in Parramatta, in the heart of Greater Western Sydney (GWS).
GWS is one of the most dynamic and fast growing regions in Australia with a population of about 2.02 million people.
Many new migrants to Australia settle in GWS, resulting in a level of diversity unmatched by any other region. The rich tapestry of cultural influences in GWS is proudly on display in many of the region's centres.
There are over 150,000 local businesses operating in GWS employing a workforce of over 900,000 people, making the region’s economy one of Australia’s largest, most diverse and fastest growing, with an estimated Gross Regional Product of $95.6 billion in 2010-11.
Although the majority of the population in GWS lives in urban and suburban areas, the region also contains extensive parks, sporting and recreational facilities, bushland, and rural and agricultural areas.
Major waterways that flow through GWS include the Hawkesbury Nepean River system; Sydney’s main water supply, the Parramatta River, which becomes Sydney Harbour; and the Georges River, which flows into Botany Bay.
The federal electorates that make up GWS include; Banks, Blaxland, Chifley, Fowler, Greenway, Hughes, Lindsay, Macarthur, Macquarie, McMahon, Mitchell, Parramatta, Reid and Werriwa, as well as parts of Bennelong, Berowra and Watson.
For further information about Greater Western Sydney please visit the links below:
Liberal Members in Greater Western SydneyMember for Bennelong: John Alexander MP
Member for Berowra: Philip Ruddock MP
Member for Hughes: Craig Kelly MP
Member for Macarthur: Russell Matheson MP
Member for Macquarie: Louise Markus MP
Member for Mitchell: Alex Hawke MP
Local Government in Greater Western SydneyAuburn Council
Bankstown City Council
The Hills Shire Council
Blacktown City Council
Blue Mountains City Council
Fairfield City Council
Hawkesbury City Council
Holroyd City Council
Liverpool City Council
Parramatta City Council
Penrith City Council
Useful Greater Western Sydney LinksWestern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
Western Sydney Information and Research Service (WESTIR)
Sydney South West Area Health Service
Sydney West Area Health Service
Regional Development Australia (RDA) - Sydney
University of Western Sydney
Western Sydney Community Forum
Western Sydney Parklands
Western Sydney Business Connection